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What is Mentoring Month?

You see it everywhere, but what is National Mentoring Month and why should we care?  Let’s start with the basics: National Mentoring Month is a campaign held each January to promote youth mentoring in the United States. It was inaugurated in 2002, and is spearheaded by the Harvard School of Public Health, MENTOR, and the Corporation for National and Community Service.

Now for the WHY we should care.  One in three people are growing up in America without a mentor.  That means a third of our youth are growing up without a mentor to offer real-life guidance.  With a mentor, at risk youth are:

  • 52% less likely than their peers to skip a day of school
  • 55% more likely to be enrolled in college
  • 46% less likely than their peers to start using drugs
  • 81% more likely to participate regularly in sports or extracurricular activities
  • 78% more likely to volunteer regularly to their communities
  • 130% more than twice as likely to say that they held a leadership position in a club or sports team
  • 90% are interested in becoming mentors themselves

must! charities currently supports two mentoring projects: Big Brothers Big Sisters and CASA.

Big Brothers Big Sisters – Big Brothers Big Sisters’ one-to-one mentoring services are proven to help children overcome adversity and beat the odds. Big Brothers Big Sisters is the nation’s largest donor and volunteer supported mentoring network. The University of Colorado’s Center for Study and Prevention of Violence found that Big Brothers Big Sisters mentoring program is one of 11 outstanding violence and drug prevention programs that meet a high scientific standard of effectiveness.

CASA – Although CASA of San Luis Obispo County serves abused and neglected children throughout San Luis Obispo County, the need in the North County continues to be significant in terms of the number of children being served and the number on the waitlist to be assigned a CASA volunteer.Of the 460 children under the jurisdiction of the court countywide, 180 are from the North County (40%). CASA currently serves 60 of these children, with 120 remaining on the waitlist.

So now we know the what and why.  If you are interested in helping must! charities support mentoring projects in Northern San Luis Obispo, 100% of your donation goes directly to projects.  Call 805.226.5788 for more information or donate today.